Boulder City was originally built by the Bureau of Reclamation as housing for workers who were building Hoover Dam. Alcohol sales and all forms of gambling were prohibited in the city. The Bureau did not relinquish control of the city until 1958. The city charter, approved by the residents, prohibited gaming within the city limits. This provision still exists, making Boulder City the only location in Nevada where gaming is illegal. Alcohol sales were permitted in 1969.
Geography\nBoulder City is located at 35°56'24" North, 114°53'8" West (35.940127, -114.885443)1.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 524.9 km² (202.7 mi²). 524.8 km² (202.6 mi²) of it is land and 0.1 km² (0.04 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 0.01% water.
Demographics\nAs of the census of 2000, there are 14,966 people, 6,385 households, and 4,277 families residing in the city. The population density is 28.5/km² (73.9/mi²). There are 6,979 housing units at an average density of 13.3/km² (34.4/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 94.54% White, 0.71% African American, 0.72% Native American, 0.71% Asian, 0.16% Pacific Islander, 1.27% from other races, and 1.88% from two or more races. 4.34% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 6,385 households out of which 23.6% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.8% are married couples living together, 7.4% have a female householder with no husband present, and 33.0% are non-families. 27.6% of all households are made up of individuals and 13.1% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.30 and the average family size is 2.79.
In the city the population is spread out with 20.4% under the age of 18, 5.3% from 18 to 24, 21.3% from 25 to 44, 29.3% from 45 to 64, and 23.7% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 47 years. For every 100 females there are 97.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 96.0 males.
The median income for a household in the city is $50,523, and the median income for a family is $60,641. Males have a median income of $42,041 versus $30,385 for females. The per capita income for the city is $29,770. 6.7% of the population and 4.7% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 9.4% are under the age of 18 and 5.3% are 65 or older.